Drama III Showcase Review: “Anon (ymous)”

By: Madeline Schindler

The Newnan High School Drama Department has always been one to push boundaries and explore works that may be unfamiliar to audiences. To close out the 2015-16 performance season, the Drama III class performed “Anon(ymous)” by Naomi Iizuka.

PHOTO GALLERY: “Anon(ymous)”

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The one act play is a modern adaptation of Homer’s “Odyssey.” The Drama III production was performed on May 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newnan High School Auditorium.

The story follows a young refugee named Anon. After fleeing from a war-torn country, Anon is separated from his mother and faced with new challenges. Anon must learn to rely on his judgement during his encounters in the United States.

The lead role of Anon was played by Zachary Cowe, NHS senior. Members of the Drama III class played multiple roles in the play.  

The entire story of the play was told using minimal set pieces and props.

The cast and crew utilized white sheets and lighting to establish the setting, actions and scenery. The music also helped to set the story and to evoke an emotional response from the audience.

The Drama III production of “Anon(ymous)” was thought-provoking and well performed. The simplicity of the set allowed for the audience to focus on the message that Iizuka was trying to convey.

Audience members were moved by Anon’s story as well as the stories of the other characters such as Ali, played by Luke Woodruff, and Pascal, played by Rashad Roman. The entire cast gave a phenomenal performance.